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Scandalous Mercy and Tireless Mercy: Beautiful Mercy Book Club

November 22, 2016 by  
Filed under Book Club, Sarah Reinhard

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Beautiful Mercy (Week 5 of 5)   Mercy is one of those words that’s just…used. We toss it around without fully thinking about what it means, what it implies, what trouble it causes. Scandalous would definitely not have been on the list of adjectives I would have used to describe mercy before reading this book, but consider how Fr. James Mallon describes “scandalous mercy”: God’s... Read More

How Your Suffering Can Help Make the World a Better, Kinder Place

November 15, 2016 by  
Filed under Book Club, Vicki Burbach

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How Your Suffering can Make the World a Better, Kinder Place   Beautiful Mercy (Week 4 of 5) Nothing makes us more effective ministers of comfort than having suffered ourselves. Not one of your tears of pain will be wasted if you allow them to be redeemed in the life of another. God can use every ounce of what you have been through to make this world a better, kinder place. “Beautiful... Read More

Refreshing Mercy – Affirming Mercy

November 8, 2016 by  
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Beautiful Mercy (Week 3 of 5) Consider Lisa Hendey’s reflection on giving drink to the thirsty: she took readers with her to Tanzania, painting a picture of the young girls carrying huge water jugs on their heads. She then zoomed back to her own California home, where a drought had made her more aware of water. Yet, she mentions, it’s more than just about water, isn’t it? But let us also remember... Read More

Theology of the Body – A Gift of Mercy to a Desperate Culture

November 1, 2016 by  
Filed under Book Club, Mercy, Vicki Burbach

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Theology of the Body: A Gift of Mercy to a Desperate Culture   Beautiful Mercy (Week 2 of 5) Take up a study of St. John Paul II’s Theology of the Body and you will discover that behind all the sexual pain and confusion in the world and in our own hearts is the human thirst for heaven gone awry. Sexual sin, you might say, is a quest to satisfy our thirst for heaven with “dead water.” Christ... Read More

Announcing the Beautiful Mercy Book Club!

October 25, 2016 by  
Filed under Book Club, Mercy, Sarah Reinhard

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Beautiful Mercy (Week 1 of 5) You know, I’ll be honest: I wouldn’t have picked up this book if it wasn’t for this book club. I read a lot of books and I have a big pile of books I want to read (and hope to someday get to). This book would have never made it onto any pile I would have been likely to touch. And that would have been too bad for me, because once I started reading this... Read More

Deacon Seeking New Spiritual Director

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Deacon Seeking New Spiritual Director Dear Rev. Bartunek, I was provided your email address from Catholic Spiritual Direction upon request. I was hoping you might write an article on the following question. I am in the process of looking for a new spiritual director. While meeting with a prospective director the priest explained that he approaches direction from a “contemplative” approach... Read More

A New Look at the Ascension (Life of Christ Book Club)

October 12, 2016 by  
Filed under Book Club, Sarah Reinhard

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Life of Christ (Week 27 of 27) The Ascension has never really been a mystery that’s resonated with me. In fact, it’s kind of confusing. Or it has been. Jesus comes, does all his miraculous stuff, and saves humanity through the sacrifice of the Cross and Resurrection. But the story’s not over! He ascends. What does that mean? In the Gospel of Luke, we get a mere four verses about... Read More

Obedience, Subjection and Superfluous Words

October 4, 2016 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, Imitation of Christ, Obedience

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Obedience, Subjection and Superfluous Words   OF SUBJECTION AND OBEDIENCE 1. It is a great matter to live in obedience, to be under a superior and not to be at our own disposing. It is much safer to obey than to govern. Many live under obedience, rather for necessity than for love; such are discontented, and do murmur. Neither can they attain to freedom of mind, unless they heartily put themselves... Read More

The Gift of Redemptive Suffering

October 4, 2016 by  
Filed under Book Club, Suffering, Vicki Burbach

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Life of Christ (Week 26 of 27) After the Ascension these scars would become as oratorical mouths of intercession before the Heavenly Father; scars that He would bear on the last day to judge the living and the dead. In an old legend it is said that Satan appeared to a saint and said: “I am the Christ”; the saint confounded him by asking: “Where are the marks of nails?” – Life of Christ... Read More

Jesus Meets Us Where We Are (Life of Christ Book Club)

September 27, 2016 by  
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Life of Christ (Week 25 of 27) One of the things I have most appreciated in our journey through Life of Christ is how Fulton Sheen makes me think and chew on things I’ve honestly never thought of before. He makes me realize anew, with each chapter, how Jesus meets us where we are. This continues to be a Bible study of immense proportions because Sheen’s breaking open Scripture as he... Read More

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